“Time to Hang Up the Gloves” – Fans Call for Her Retirement After 37 Y.O. Michelle Waterson-Gomez Gets Absolutely Merked by Marina Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 79

Published 09/23/2023, 8:51 PM EDT

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Michelle Waterson-Gomez returned to the Octagon for her second fight of the year at UFC Vegas 79, with hopes of redemption. She had been on a losing streak lately but hoped to change that against Marina Rodriguez. However, she succumbed to yet another loss in a vicious manner as fans shared their concerning reactions to the fight on social media.

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Marina Rodriguez was in a similar predicament with two consecutive losses last time out. So, both fighters were looking to secure an all-important victory. As such, Rodriguez proved her mettle after putting on a dominant display against the seasoned Waterson-Gomez.

Michelle Waterson-Gomez suffers a vicious beat down at UFC Vegas 79

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The first immediately went to the ground in the first round. Michelle Waterson-Gamez secured a takedown and was all over Marina Rodriguez. However, both fighters got up and resumed their fight with strikes. But then again, it was Rodriguez’s time to secure a takedown of her own. The Brazilian busted Waterson-Gamez with some lethal elbow and knee strikes.

The fight stopped for a moment as ‘The Karate Hottie’ had to get checked by the doctor. But she resumed fighting nonetheless. Moreover, Marina Rodriguez would not stop with her strikes as the referee called the fight to stop.

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Michelle Waterson-Gomez looked helpless against the barrage of strikes from the Brazilian. She was in tears after the fight for failing to get a victory for the fourth time in a row. The fans, on the other hand, believe that it might be time for her to step away.

Fans call for Waterson-Gomez to retire

The fans clearly did not like what they witnessed at UFC Vegas 79. They love Michelle Waterson-Gomez and suggested that she should consider hanging up her gloves.

One fan claimed that the fight was totally one-sided.

A user on Twitter (X) claimed that there was no that ‘The Karate Hottie’ was getting a title shot soon. As she is already 37, they suggest should retire.

One fan commented that Michelle Waterson-Gomez can make more money in other endeavors than fighting inside the Octagon.

There were a lot of people who stated that the fight should have ended in the opening round itself.

One fan said:

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Meanwhile, the requests for retirement kept coming from the fans.

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It certainly wasn’t the type of outing that Michelle Waterson-Gomez was looking for. While aiming to emerge victorious, a sheer lack of defense was put on display and Waterson-Gomez was absolutely dominated by Marina Rodriguez. However, ‘The Karate Hottie’ did not announce her retirement yet as we wait to see what she does next. What do you think about the fight? Drop your comments below.

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Himanga Mahanta

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